UN: Turkmenistan violated international law by detaining lawyer Pygamberdy Allaberdiyev

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (OHCHR) found that the government of Turkmenistan violated international law by detaining lawyer Pygamberdy Allaberdyev . This is reported by Turkmen news with reference to the UN division .

In October 2021, the human rights organization Freedom Now, in cooperation with the international law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP, sent a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ( investigates cases of unlawful deprivation of liberty - approx. HT ) regarding the detention of Pygamberdy Allaberdiyev.

In its opinion, the Working Group stated that it was "convinced that the real reason for Allaberdiyev's arrest and detention was his peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of speech and the right to assemble, as evidenced by the fabricated circumstances of his arrest and trial, as well as the very severe punishment imposed by the court ".

“We welcome the Working Group's recognition that Pygamberdy Allaberdyev's detention was unlawful,” said Freedom Now lawyer Adam Lhedmat . “Allaberdiyev's conclusion is indicative of Turkmenistan's intolerance of dissent and its strategy of using trumped-up charges to silence its citizens. We call on the Turkmen government to comply with the UN decision and immediately release Allaberdiyev.”

Allaberdiyev worked in the Nebitdagneft department of the Ministry of Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan. A few months before his arrest, he began to openly express his thoughts.

On September 5, 2020, Allaberdiyev was arrested on charges of hooliganism following an incident at a grocery store where he was attacked by an unidentified person. Despite the fact that he did not start a quarrel, Allaberdiyev was charged, and the man who attacked him was released.

Allaberdiyev's arrest took place on the eve of his planned rally for democracy. When questioning Allaberdiyev, the authorities focused their questions on his connections to activists associated with the rally, rather than on the incident at the grocery store.

On September 29, 2020, Allaberdiyev was sentenced to six years in prison for hooliganism. The decision was made after a closed court session that lasted two hours. The defendant's lawyer refused to participate in the case after obvious pressure from the authorities, so Allaberdiyev was left without protection at the trial.

From the moment Pygamberdy was imprisoned, Allaberdiyev has no contact with the outside world. The administration of the prison where he is being held has refused his family's requests to contact him.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan